Event Brief: Science in the Age of Experience
By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst
I had the opportunity to cover “Science in the Age of Experience” in Boston in October. The annual Dassault Systèmes conference brought together 500 attendees, representing 250 companies. This year customer presentations focused on new ways of experiencing and shaping science in Life (better living), in Engineering (product innovation) and in Nature (sustainable planet).
Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dassault Systèmes opened the event by stating, “You can’t have knowledge if you don’t have knowhow.” Charlès continued with, “The biggest challenge in innovation is over-communicating and under-understanding.” The agenda was filled with presentations by members of MIT and Harvard, plus Dassault Systèmes’ clients who are seeking to not just understand the correlations between product, nature and life… but are inventing new horizons with science as the catalyst.
Standing on Solid Ground with SOLIDWORKS
Hugh Herr, Professor of MIT Media Lab and co-director of the MIT Center for Extreme Bionics; Founder of BionX, Inc., had both legs amputated from just under the knee after suffering from frostbite during a mountain climbing accident in the early 1980s. He pointed out the surgical procedure that doctors performed following his accident had not changed since the late 1800s. As a result, although he could walk again with the help of his first set of prosthetics, he was unable to associate the feeling of pressure or movement in his ankles or feet. With both pant legs rolled up to expose his bionic limbs he stated, “From the knee down, my legs are a bunch of nuts and bolts.” He then informed us that in addition to the nuts and bolts are sensors, and an entire bionic ecosystem that gives him the ability to move, walk, jump and pivot naturally. Continue reading